This Eat’s a Date from OpenRice Philippines was actually my second time to visit Café 1771 – the first was then my hubby Tim took me there on our anniversary. Of course, the food was great, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. This second time was no different, as we were treated to good food (especially the desserts!) that I enjoyed as whole.
To begin with, we were seated upstairs in the Wine Bar 1771 area (see hubby’s post about it here), because the Café 1771’s spaces aren’t really for big groups – which is why it’s more suited for dates and the like. The interiors are also lighter and carry a more casual feel as compared to the more serious tone of the design upstairs. I liked the seeming ‘touch of home’ feel to the space, which really makes it much more comfortable to be in.
Look at those interiors. I love the ambiance and the feel of the place, it's cute, cozy and 'cool' - for lack of a better term. It's what a cafe's supposed to be - a place to relax and rest and enjoy the company of people close to you.
We began with some light dishes, which included the Fried Squash Flowers (Php280), Spaghetti with Sardines and Fried Capers (Php290), and the Salbacho Pizza. The mains were the Organic Chicken in Potato Crust (Php550), Orange Pork Spareribs (Php450), and the Wine Bar Burger (Php410).
Where the mains are concerned, I’m not a big burger fan, but I do understand why the Wine Bar Burger was such a big hit, especially with the guys, my husband included. He absolutely loves bulalo (beef bone marrow), which you spread on the burger before you eat it. It’s guy food and a heart attack waiting to happen (LOL). The Orange Pork Spareribs and Organic Chicken in Potato Crust I enjoyed much, much more, and were among my faves of the night.
Dessert time was naturally the highlight of the night for me, with the Amandelle (Php300) and the Gianduja Truffle Mousse Cake (Php250). The Amandelle I particularly enjoyed the most, because of the fudgy texture, plus the nuts and the bit of citrusy twang you get from time to time. It was a great way to end a very wonderful dining experience.
Café 1771 is definitely one of my fave restaurants – although the price range relegates it to ‘special occasions’ – and I’d like to thank OpenRice and Café 1771 for a great night filled with great food.